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Aquaculture Supplies Protein Needs with Less Land Use

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:44
A study from UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) found that the amount of cropland needed to supply future protein needs with aquaculture is less than the land-use needs of supplying that protein with…
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Study Identifies Link Between Topsoil Erosion and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:21
Research at The Ohio State University, published in Scientific Reports, found that topsoil erosion causes release of greenhouse gasses, as well as declines in crop production. However, the study also revealed that topsoil can be rebuilt much faster than…
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Farm Commons Seeks Board Members

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 19:54
The non-profit Farm Commons, which fosters discussions and connections that build a strong legal backbone for the sustainable agriculture community, is seeking persons interested in becoming Board of Directors members. Board members assist the…
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Infographic and Guide Help Build Farm to Early Care Programs

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 19:41
Communities wishing to launch farm to early care programs that introduce young children to healthy, locally grown food and support local farmers can make use of new tools from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. A colorful infographic and a…
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Call for Proposals for Northeast SAWG's It Takes a Region Conference

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 16:21
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) is accepting session proposals for the 25th annual It Takes a Region Conference, to be held in Philadelphia, October 24-26, 2018. Organizers are looking for sessions that tackle systemic issues…
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Seaweed Farming Offers Range of Benefits

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 16:01
Related ATTRA Resource: Ecological Seafood and Aquatic Plant FarmingCBS News 60 Minutes explored the benefits of seaweed farming in a feature story. Seaweed farming can not only provide meaningful alternative livelihoods for people who fish, but it…
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European National Science Academies Call for New Approach to Food, Agriculture, and Environment

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 15:56
The European national science academies along with the InterAcademy Partnership have called urgently for European policy-makers to re-think their approach to food and agriculture. Launching a new report, Opportunities and Challenges for Research on Food…
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New Tools Help Farmers Calculate Food Waste to Reduce Losses

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 14:56
With funding from a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education grant, North Carolina State University researchers are developing tools and other educational resources to help farmers calculate on-farm produce losses. The project has…
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USDA Announces Support for Multi-State Specialty Crop Initiatives

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:12
USDA has announced that 11 projects in six states will receive $7 million in funding through the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program. These projects will develop solutions to challenges affecting specialty crop industries that cross state boundaries,…
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Study Finds Neonicotinoids Negatively Affect Arthropods

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 20:45
A multi-faceted study of the affect of neonicotinoid pesticides on arthropods by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, found a negative trend in arthropod performance related to the pesticides. Not only…
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Analysis Shows FSA Loans Important to Beginning Farmers

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 15:47
Related ATTRA Publication: Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning FarmersThe National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is continuing its analysis of FSA loan-program usage. The latest results, released in a blog post, show that FSA loan programs…
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Kerr Center Publication Shares Lessons Working with Walk-Behind Tractors

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 07:08
Related ATTRA Publication: Equipment & Tools for Small-Scale Intensive Crop ProductionThe Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture has a new publication for sale, Farming with Walk-Behind Tractors. The report, written by George Kuepper, relates ten…
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Pennsylvania Law Eases Regulations for High Tunnels

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:01
Related ATTRA Publication: High Tunnels in Urban AgricultureA new Pennsylvania law means that farmers who use high tunnels will no longer have to meet state regulations intended for commercial and residential development, reports Pennsylvania Farm…
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Cover Crops and Grazing Benefit South Dakota Farm

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 06:49
Related ATTRA Publication: No-Till Case Study, Richter Farm: Cover Crop Cocktails in a Forage-Based SystemThe Johnson family's farm in South Dakota has seen soil and yield benefits from diverse cover cropping. They are also grazing their cover crops…
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Technical Service Providers in Four States to Help Farmers with Soil Health

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 14:37
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a pilot program in Iowa, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota that will have Technical Service Providers (TSP) help farmers prevent erosion and improve soil productivity. Producers…
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Straw Mulch Increases Corn Yield and Soil Carbon

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 06:50
American Society of Agronomy reports that research conducted in China and published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal compared plastic mulch, straw mulch, and no mulch in corn crops. In a five-year study of dryland corn dependent on…
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USDA Appoints New Members to National Organic Standards Board

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 14:47
USDA has announced the appointment of two new members to the National Organic Standards Board. Their terms begin immediately. Dr. James Greenwood from California has been appointed to fill the open environmental protection and resource conservation…
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New USDA Webpage Shares Best Practices for Rural Economic Development

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 14:38
USDA Rural Development has unveiled a new interactive webpage to identify best practices for building rural prosperity. The webpage highlights effective strategies that have been used to create jobs, build infrastructure, strengthen partnerships, and…
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High School Agroforestry Curriculum Available

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 18:57
The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry is making available a two-module high school curriculum on agroforestry designed to engage students with content on temperate agroforestry practices and resources to further develop their inquiry and…
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Conventional Growers Adopt Organic Techniques

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 18:08
Conventional farmers are beginning to borrow techniques from organic agriculture, according to a feature in The Conversation. Conventional growers across Canada are adopting proven practices that reduce pesticide and fertilizer use to cut input costs,…
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